Lukaku on the right wing

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  1. Feb 22, 2018
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    luke511 Full Member

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    The best I've seen from him technically is when he's bombing down the right flank with space in front of him to run into. Free from tight marking from the centrebacks. Martial on the left, Sanchez as striker and Lukaku on the right would be a great set up in my opinion.
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    Alternatively, Mourinho should let him drift to the right wing more often. Starting position should still be ST/CF. More dynamics.
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    It should be an okay option when we're going to have none of the ball and rely on counterattacks as Lukaku relies on having a one on one there. Thats when he powers past the player and opens up ground with his pace. When teams are back defending in an orgnaized manner he's much less likely to be effective, and Lukaku has been our best linkup player from a striking role this season.
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    He's also whipped in some of our best and most dangerous crosses this season.
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    stop playing him as a target man, since he isn't one and allow him to make runs and drift as he should be used. If course this would require us actually passing the ball to him rather than Smalling punting it towards him and hoping for the best all match.
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    It's where I'd play him. Not only because he's looked very good there - dribbling past the opposition, whipping in some great crosses, cutting in and playing some nice incisive passes, all whilst remaining a goal threat - but because we'd be able to play Rashford as the CF where he prefers, or Martial there who's better at holding the ball up, turning, and causing mayhem. Then, whoever isn't the CF out of those two, they can play on the left where they're much better than on the right with Alexis in the center.
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    Craig Ward Full Member

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    Good Christ alive.

    That's what we need, more of our players playing out of position.

    May as well whack Rojo up top while we're at it, he can kick a ball with his left foot after all.

    Like a previous comment, leave Lukaku as a striker (because you know, he IS a striker) and stop the dreadful supply into him. We knew before he came here his first touch isn't top class and his strength is running in behind and relying on service. So what do we do? Smash long balls to him all game and hope for the best.

    So moving Lukaku to the wing isn't the answer I'm afraid. Its an AWFUL suggestion and any one in favour of this seriously needs to have a word with themselves
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    I’m sick and tired of us floating the ball in the air to him just for him to win the flick on and nobody there to support him, if were going to play that way he needs a partner up top, otherwise play the ball through the defence for him to run on too.
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    Our squad would work well with a diamond and better full backs to provide width. Not sure Jose would.

    -----Martial - Lukaku

    ----------Sanchez

    ---- Pogba ------ New RM

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    Shaw - CB - CB - Not Valencia

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    He hasn't got the engine to run up and down the wing all game. He is CF and should play as CF.

    Would like to see Sanchez as RW or all together just ditch wingers and play Diamond or 4-3-1-2 where Pogba and Herrera can drift wide to provide width along with FBs.
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    We have better options we could play there.

    Round pegs square holes.
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    @Gio It's the old Walter Smith tactic. Put the big man on the full back and play it long.
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    I have always maintained that Lukaku has been the most threatening off the right flank. As our main striker he doesn't get as much space to move or time to control the ball and that is why his first touch is such an issue and often a let down. I would actually like to see him on the right, Martial through the centre and Sanchez on the left or just behind him with Rashford off the left. Jose might attempt something like this if Zlatan was fit and playing through the centre.
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    RW is our main problem, so I am curious who are the better options.
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    Alexis fecking sanchez and Rashford. We have natural world class right winger who is playing on the left and benching our best attacking player.
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    That doesn't really work as a system. Everyone abandoned it long ago.
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    Sanchez has played there in the past but believes his best position is on the left and saying Rashford is a RW is crazy. Lingard has shown better performances on the right compared to Rashford, Martial and most probably Sanchez. At the moment one of our best players on the right is Mata and that says a lot, who is backed up by a RWB that doesn't cross or take on players.
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    He was playing there for Everton once, against us. He was good.
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    Fully agree, our front 3 should interchange more and then I really mean interchange, not what they are doing now congesting the centre and leaving the wings bare. If we had proper wingbacks who would get up the pitch and be able to put in some decent crosses it wouldn't be a problem, but we don't.
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    stevoc Full Member

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    Lukaku on the right wing would be the final clusterfeck to top off the mess the team is currently in with regards to square pegs in round holes.

    Mourinho is getting to LVG levels of playing players out of position and putting out sides with zero balance.

    Another idea is we could buy a right winger, or you know just play the world class right footed winger we bought last month there.
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    I don't agree with pegging Lukaku into a permanent right wing slot, but IMO I think OP is on to something, that our front three, whoever plays, should be more fluid and interchangeable. You have to admit, when Lukaku has drifted to the right on occasion, he's looked dangerous. Don't see the harm in encouraging more of that positional fluidity.
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    Is this what it's come to? You know we've hit rock bottom when this is being suggested.
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    The few games where Zlatan came off the bench and Mourinho pushed Lukaku out on the right, he looked quality. So saying "we've hit rock bottom" and "AWFUL suggestion" doesn't really make much sense when we have a serious right wing problem and a world class player in Sanchez who seems to be the most effective when he's played as a striker. Not having a big unit as a striker will probably encourage us to play football a bit more as well rather than just aimlessly lumping it up the field.
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    He was good on Martinez system with a false 9. Not sure it works in a mourinho system
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    Sanchez, Martial, Mata, Lingard, Rashford, Young and even Herrera would be much better options than Lukaku on the right side - stop making silly suggestions. It's not just about attacking, you are also the first line of defense and you have to stop attacks before they happen, close space etc. Chelsea-full-backs would have a field-day starting attacks from the left side if Lukaku of all people played there. Lukaku is slow on the turn, heavy and nowhere near the technical player compared to the rest - so why on earth would we play him on the right? Lukaku plays striker or he sits on the bench, easy as that.
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    luke511 Full Member

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    Going off that logic, why on earth would you play him as a lone striker with no one close to him in the big games?
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    Are you talking seriously ? :houllier:

    Just because he drifts well from the right doesn't mean he'll make a good right winger ffs. It means he should interchange his position with the right winger during the game, but if the right winger is someone rather than Mata.

    That's why I want Sanchez on the right. He can join the central position with Lukaku drifting on the right during the game, then the opposite on the next attack and so on, while Martial is doing his job on the right, but playing Lukaku as a right winger is asking for more destruction for the team balance.
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    Lukaku as a striker in the big games is becoming a serious problem for us though, he can't do it under Mourinho's set up.
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    As a central striker he's a problem, that's why I said he should drifting from the right while the right winger drifts central to create something unpredictable for the opposition. That doesn't mean starting him on the right wing. It means interchanging his position with other players during the game instead of being static in the central of the park.
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    So you've tried to take the piss for me suggesting he should be more involved on the right, whilst at the same time suggesting the same thing yourself, good'en..
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    Firstly this thread is raising the question if Lukaku should play off the right, and all I am saying some of his best work this season has come off the right flank. Secondly if Lukaku is slow on the turn and heavy and nowhere near technical, why is he up front as our first line of defence and attack?
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    No, you said you wanted him starting on the right. I said he should start as a striker with interchanging with other players. Both are completely different concept and will play out differently on the pitch. Starting him as the main right winger will be terrible.
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    Lukaku on the right, Zlatan on the left and Carrick in the middle. The way stuff are going, it seems every position is a problem and almost every player is shit, not up to standards, not consistent enough, etc.
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    You've just solved the problem and it doesn't involve playing a striker as a winger, its the fact we need to stop "lumping" it to Lukaku as a target man and use him properly.

    Sanchez is a better shout for the right, with martial on the left.

    Sanchez, who has played the majority of his career as a wide forward would be far more suitable for the RW role than Lukaku
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    Pogba on the right would make more sense. Pogba likes beating players with the dribble so let him be a winger.
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    Well, we've got the personnel for it. I don't know if it's the best idea, but it's there.
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    Exactly this!
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    He does seem to do better in those moments where he has found himself on the right, being able to utilise his pace to run at the fullback and cut in on his left for a cross or pass. It's not as far-fetched as some are making out
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    RedDevil@84 Full Member

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    I would rather drop him
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    Why cant Sanchez play on the right and martial on the left? This makes the most sense to me.
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